It is interesting in 2015 to hear that director Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” was a commercial flop with a mixed critical response upon its 1982 release. Yes, the greatest science fiction film of the 1980s, a cultural touchstone that has influenced scores of films, books and more, was seen as a disappointment.
Now, the Harrison Ford-starring adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel is not just revered but considered a classic. A long-in-the-works sequel is even set to enter production in 2016.
There are multiple versions of the film available, but the original theatrical release — featuring Ford’s controversial voice-over — is still of interest. Amherst’s Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst) presents this version at special sci-fi nights on April 24, 25 and 26.
The evening starts with trivia and classic trailers at 7:30 p.m., with the movie following at 8:15. For the full Screening Room schedule, visit screeningroomboutiquecinemas.com.
Squeaky Wheel (617 Main St.) continues to showcase unique cinema with “Point & Shoot” at 1 p.m. April 25. The winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film tells the story of an individual who filmed the war against dictator Muammar Gaddafi before being captured and held for six months. Following the screening is a Skype Q&A with two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry. Visit squeaky.org.
Hungarian director Bela Tarr’s last film, “The Turin Horse,” was released in 2011, and was another somber masterpiece from the director. “Werckmeister Harmonies” is considered one of Tarr’s finest efforts, and the 2000 film is this week’s Buffalo Film Seminars selection. It screens at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. For more information and the full series schedule, visit dipsontheatres.com or csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html.
Also at the Amherst is the Royal Opera House presentation of “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s, starring Anne Sofie von Otter. It screens at 11 a.m. April 26.
"Movie Musical Tuesdays" continues in the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport with “My Fair Lady” at 1 and 7 p.m. April 21. Visit lockportpalacetheatre.org.
The North Park Theatre presents another bit of '80s family nostalgiawith Don Bluth’s animated dinosaur favorite “The Land Before Time.” You can bet I’ll be at one of the two screenings — 11:30 a.m. April 25 and 26 — clutching my rubber Littlefoot hand puppet from Pizza Hut. Visit northparktheatre.org.
Two very different films are next in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series, the musical documentary “The Wrecking Crew” (7:30 p.m. April 21) and the senior-friendly “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (7:30 p.m. April 25 and 28). For details, visit fredopera.org.
Lastly, the Burchfield Penney Art Center screens “Frontline: The Untouchables,” an investigation of Wall Street fraud, at 7 p.m. April 23. See burchfieldpenney.org.